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Today the Kitchen, Tomorrow the World

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 3, 2013

  Sometimes our most satisfying triumphs are embarrassingly small. One weekend, I tackled our pantry floor, with its towering crates of jars and plastic storage containers. I had for years bemoaned the lack of an easy ...

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Smart Cookies

by Jo Page December 27, 2012

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  You know what they say: a cookie is never just a cookie. They don’t say that? Well, they should. Because it’s true. And before ours fade fast into the relentless peristalsis of family members and friends, ...

Take It to the Freakin’ Bank

by Paul Rapp December 27, 2012

Holy crap, it’s prediction time again. Looking over last year’s, a couple of purely wistful-thinking predictions came through—that SOPA/PIPA would go down in flames and that Mittens would get nominated and then get pounded in ...

Get It Done

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 20, 2012

  The deadliest school violence in this country happened in 1927, when a school board official in Michigan blew up a school building, and his car, killing 38 children and 6 adults. Leonore Skenazy of the Free ...

Acceptable Levels

by Stephen Leon December 20, 2012

  For most of us, life will go on as usual after the news dies down about the mass killings in Newtown, Conn. Just as life went on after Aurora, after Tucson, after Virginia Tech, after ...

The Apocalypse? I’m Cool With That

by John Rodat December 20, 2012

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  On Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, they say the world will come to an end. “Oh, that Mayan nonsense?” you scoff.  For all the popular buzz there’s little real scholarship and less hard science behind this particular ...

Visions of Light

by Jo Page December 13, 2012

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  On Dec. 13th, St. Lucy’s Day, in many Scandinavian countries and in Lutheran communities in the United States, young girls wearing crowns of candles and bearing plates of saffron buns—to represent St. Lucy’s gouged-out eyes—come ...

Art of the Steal

by Paul Rapp December 13, 2012

Let’s talk about stealing versus taking. Let’s start with stealing. While walking around Miami’s huge Art Basel fair last week, artist Jason Levesque spotted three paintings that looked familiar. In fact, they were fairly precise ...

Stumbling to Solidarity

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 6, 2012

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  It’s been an exciting year in labor organizing, between the Chicago teachers strike, Port of Oakland shut downs, Wal-Mart walkouts, and New York City’s multi-chain fast food workers’ walkout. Healthy, progressive labor organizing is essential ...

Happy “Accident”

by Paul Rapp November 29, 2012

Well, it happened again. Facebook blew up on Monday with a cut-and-paste declaration of “rights” that went seriously viral. It was very similar to something that flew around earlier this year; it boldly proclaimed something ...

The $250,000 Question

by Leslie Savan November 28, 2012

  Copyright 2012 The Nation, distributed by Agence Global For the last four years, President Obama has been pushing his plan to raise tax rates on people’s income over $250,000, but a new poll indicates that most ...

I Am Thanksome

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 20, 2012

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  This year we’ve instituted what seems likely to become a yearly tradition of a Thanksgiving tree. It’s taped on the wall of our front stairs, trunk and branches made out of brown paper. Each day, ...

Someone Call J. Edgar

by Paul Rapp November 15, 2012

I wasn’t going to write about the Petraeus thing because everybody else is. But since most everyone is missing the most important story here, what the hell. Here we go. A certain amount of familiarity with ...

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Hope Abounds

by Jo Page November 14, 2012

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  Two years ago my daughters and I lost a woman we loved as a mother and grandmother, though she was neither to us. Not closer than kin, but closer than a friend, her loss was ...

Mandate! Now, For What?

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 8, 2012

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  It’s the demographics, stupid. Also the economy. And climate change. And women’s rights. Tuesday was a rout. It was more of a rout than the numbers and the results show, because let’s remember that the progressive ...

General Election Endorsements

by The Staff November 1, 2012

New York state is not in play this year for Republicans when it comes to the races for United States president and senator. We endorse the Democratic incumbents in both races, President Barack Obama and ...

You Don’t Own It?

by Paul Rapp November 1, 2012

Several years ago, when the whole e-book thing was just starting, there was a bunch of controversy over what exactly you got when you bought an e-book. In one of those turns of events that ...

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Sinners and Saints

by Jo Page October 31, 2012

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  It’s All Saints Day today, November 1st. You say don’t know what All Saints Day is? Well, that’s no problem. Because I am here as your Official Guide and Expert Resource Consultant so that you may ...

They’re Not Like Us

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 25, 2012

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  I was sitting in the Atlanta airport last week waiting at a crowded gate for a flight home after a long week of traveling. A news segment came on about a 20-year-old Afghan woman who ...

Truth in Labeling

by Paul Rapp October 17, 2012

  The mantra for musicians is “Screw the record labels.” Anachronisms, thieves, buffoons. Who needs them? Do it all yourself, you can make three times the money with one-tenth the sales. And it’s sustainable, and oh-so ...

Shake It Harder

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 10, 2012

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  A couple weekends ago I went out to pick apples from a neighborhood tree with my six year old. We came armed with a seven-foot ladder and a cardboard box. Upon arriving we found the ...

Playing with Amanda

by Paul Rapp October 4, 2012

It’s time to talk, once again, about musician Amanda Palmer. A couple of weeks ago, she posted a notice that she was looking for a couple of musicians to play a couple of songs with ...

The Apple of My Eye

by Jo Page October 3, 2012

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OK, not that we’ve all had our fears allayed about the bacon shortage (there’s no need to go out and stockpile the freezer), let’s talk about the much more real apple deficit that you may ...

Bank On It

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 26, 2012

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  Albany has a vacant buildings problem. The number may fluctuate depending on who you ask, and how you define “vacant,” but the latest count by the city puts us at over 800. This certainly not unique ...

The Money Shot

by Paul Rapp September 20, 2012

In recent months there has been a flood of federal copyright infringement lawsuits that are having a severe impact on a lot of innocent people. These lawsuits are a variant on the P2P suits brought ...

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